Urban Design Frameworks

An urban design framework (UDF) is a detailed planning and design document, otherwise known as a strategic plan, that sets a long-term integrated design vision to guide the future use and development of an area.

Within the City of Melton’s growth areas, the preparation of UDFs are generally required through a Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) and its accompanying Schedule to Clause 37.07, the Urban Growth Zone before subdivision or development can occur.

Upon completion of a UDF, planning permit applications can be lodged within the UDF areas. Council planners will assess the permit application against the UDF (along with other relevant planning policy such as a PSP) to determine if the proposal is in line with the vision, requirements and guidelines of the UDF.

More information regarding approved UDFs can be found below.

Aintree Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework (Aintree MTC UDF)

We have prepared a draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Aintree Major Town Centre.

An Urban Design Framework (UDF) is a detailed planning and design document that sets out a vision for the area to guide its use and development and will provide the framework for assessing planning permit applications.

The town centre is approximately 50 hectares in size and will be located in the suburb of Aintree and serve the immediate and wider area as a hub for shopping, services, food, and entertainment.

Some aspects of the UDF such as the boundary, size and proposed land uses are pre-determined by the Rockbank North Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) and cannot be changed. However, we would like your views on important aspects of the document such as the urban design principles, requirements, and guidelines.

This consultation will guide Council when approving planning permits in this area. Planning permits are submitted by private landowners and Council approves them if they meet the necessary requirements. We do not own the land and cannot decide which business will apply or when they will apply.

Location of Aintree MTC

Aintree MTC Location

 

Consultation

The Aintree UDF will be open for consultation between Monday 16 October – Monday 13 November 2023.

Download and view the Aintree Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework(PDF, 20MB)

Find out more about the draft UDF and talk to our planners at our community drop-in session.

When: Monday 23 October
Time: 4-6pm
Where: Frontier Recreation Reserve (Pavilion), Frontier Avenue, Aintree. Located on Frontier Avenue, Aintree.

We welcome comments on the draft UDF. To make a submission please place it in writing giving your name and contact details.

You can complete the submission form on our Melton Conversations page, send an email to citysupport@melton.vic.gov.au or send it via mail to: Manager City Strategy, Melton City Council, PO Box 21, Melton 3337.

The closing date for submissions is COB Monday 13 November 2023.

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Background and Technical Reports

As part of the UDF process, a background report was prepared. The Background Report was finalised in August 2023 and included technical reports and modelling for traffic, drainage and flood modelling, and an economic assessment peer review which can be viewed from the links below:

For more information please call our Strategic Planning Team on 9747 7200 or email citysupport@melton.vic.gov.au

 

 

Hopkins Road Business Precinct Urban Design Framework

Council in collaboration with Mount Atkinson Holdings commenced work of the Hopkins Road Business Precinct Urban Design Framework (UDF) in 2020.

The UDF was adopted by Council at the Ordinary meeting of Council on 12 December 2022 and approved by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) Board on 14 December 2022. 

An Urban Design Framework (UDF) is a detailed planning and design document that sets out a vision for the area to guide its use and development and will provide the framework for assessing planning permit applications.

The Hopkins Road Business Precinct is a new employment precinct that is identified in the Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Precinct Structure Plan (PSP). The Precinct is situated along the northern end of Hopkins Road that will provide office, commercial and large format retail, Industrial and light industrial opportunities.

The Mt Atkinson Precinct Structure Plan is forecast to create up to 19,000 jobs, with the Hopkins Road Business Precinct providing a significant portion of those jobs. With the proposed Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) located to the south and the proposed Outer Metropolitan Ring (OMR) located to the west of the precinct, the Hopkins Road Business Precinct is strategically located to contribute to a greater diversity of employment opportunities within the municipality and broader metropolitan context.

The Hopkins Road Business Precinct Urban Design Framework can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at the Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton. 

As part of the preparation of the UDF, a background report and associated technical reports on Traffic and Transport, Economics, Landscape Architecture and Servicing and Utilities were prepared.  These reports can be viewed via the links below, in addition to the Consultation Report:

Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre Urban Design Framework (CMAC UDF)

Melton City Council and Tract Consultants commenced work on the Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre Urban Design Framework (CMAC UDF) in August 2017.

The CMAC UDF was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 9 December 2019.

Replacing the Toolern Town Centre UDF 2012, the CMAC UDF covers approximately 100 hectares of land that is intersected north-south by Ferris Road and east –west by the Melbourne-Ballarat railway line.

The CMAC is designated in the State government’s metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 as an emerging metropolitan activity centre identified as ‘Toolern.’  Other metropolitan activity centres include Box Hill, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Epping, Footscray, Fountain Gate – Narre Warren, Frankston, Ringwood and Sunshine and the other emerging centre of Lockerbie.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 identifies a Metropolitan Activity Centre as a higher order centre providing a diverse range of jobs, activities and housing for regional catchments that are well serviced by public transport. Metropolitan Activity Centres also play a major service delivery role, through government, health, justice and education services as well as retail and commercial opportunities.

The adopted CMAC UDF can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton.

Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre Urban Design Framework(PDF, 4MB)

Background and Technical Reports

At the beginning of the UDF process, a background report was prepared. The Background Report also included the Cobblebank Employment and Mixed Use UDF (CEMU UDF) as both UDFs were prepared simultaneously.

The Background Report was finalised in February 2018 and was informed through technical reports for economics and traffic and transport. An industrial buffer assessment was later prepared and is acknowledged in the Background Report as an addendum.

Further into the UDF process, a transport strategic modelling report was undertaken for both CMAC and CEMU UDFs which informed the traffic network in the draft CMAC UDF.

The above mentioned documents can be downloaded from the links below as well as the consultation report from the draft CMAC UDF stage.

 

 

 

Cobblebank Employment and Mixed Use Urban Design Framework (CEMU UDF)

Melton City Council and Tract Consultants commenced work on the Cobblebank Mixed Use and Employment Urban Design Framework (CEMU UDF) in August 2017.

The CEMU UDF was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 9 December 2019.

The CEMU UDF area is approximately 490 hectares in size and is bound by the Western Freeway to the north, Mt Cottrell Road to the east, the Melbourne-Ballarat railway line to the south and the Toolern Creek to the West.

CEMU provides land for future light industry, warehousing, big box retail and office, to facilitate local job creation. CEMU also provides opportunity for a mixed use precinct towards Toolern Creek.

The adopted CEMU UDF can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton.

Cobblebank Employment and Mixed Use Urban Design Framework(PDF, 3MB)

Background and Technical Reports

At the beginning of the UDF process, a background report was prepared. The Background Report also included the Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre UDF (CMAC UDF) as both UDFs were prepared simultaneously.

The Background Report was finalised in February 2018 and was informed through technical reports for economics and traffic and transport. An industrial buffer assessment was later prepared and is acknowledged in the Background Report as an addendum.

Further into the UDF process, a transport strategic modelling report was undertaken for both CEMU and CMAC UDFs which informed the traffic networks.

The above mentioned documents can be downloaded from the links below as well as the consultation report from the draft CEMU UDF stage.

 

 

Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF)

Council in collaboration with the Victorian Planning Authority commenced work on the Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF) in 2017.

The UDF was developed over the last 18 months by Melton City Council and Tract Consultants. The UDF was approved by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) Board in September 2019 and Adopted by Council on 14 October 2019.

The urban design framework is a detailed planning and design document that will guide the future development of the town centre and will provide the framework for assessing planning permit applications.

This town centre will be located near the Rockbank Train Station and serve the area as a hub for shopping, services, food and entertainment.

The Final Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton.

Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework(PDF, 5MB)

Background and Technical Reports

As part of the Urban Design Framework (UDF) process, a background report was prepared. The Background report was finalised in February 2018 and included technical reports for Economics, Traffic, Servicing and Utilities and can be viewed from the link below.

Contact us

For more information about the above Urban Design Frameworks, please contact City Strategy on 9747 7200 or email citysupport@melton.vic.gov.au